Retro Fighters has launched a Kickstarter for a new wireless controller that will work with original PlayStation 1 and 2 consoles. The slightly discounted pre-order price is $34 (MSRP is $40) and shipping to the US was listed at $7. They’re scheduled to ship in January and are available in Classic Grey, Black, Transparent Green and Transparent Blue.
Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1247448559/ps1-and-ps2-wireless-playstation-controller-next-gen
Retro Fighters lists the controller as having “2.4 Ghz wireless technology”, which I’m interpreting as “RF wireless”, not “bluetooth wireless”. They’re also claiming a 10 hour battery life and a wireless range of 30 feet, but I imagine that’s a pretty conservative distance rating, just to cover people who live in areas with lots of wireless interference.
I’m interested to see people’s feedback about this controller, versus the original PS1 & 2 controllers; You can take a PlayStation gamer from any generation, hand them a PS controller from any other generation and there’s immediate familiarity. Of course the modern PS5 version is a far evolution from the original, it’s still a comfortable and familiar feel. I’m wondering if switching to something very different like this will be a turn-off to hardcore PlayStation fans. Either way, it looks cool and I’m always happy to see options!
We are excited to announce the next wireless controller in the Retro Fighters line of controllers, the PS1/PS2 Wireless Gamepad “Defender”. Available to pre order now through Kickstarter!https://t.co/ZFyWOfPndh pic.twitter.com/rJEg12Wqaa
— Retro Fighters (@retrofightersco) July 20, 2021